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Quality Assurance Engineer in Plastipak


Responsible for ensuring customer satisfaction by establishing procedures, monitoring process input and output capabilities, and leading continuous improvement activities. Verifies preform, bottle and label requirements are met in a safe, accurate, and timely manner to ensure reduction of produced defective product and defect-free product shipments. Directs and coordinates activities related to customer complaints, SPC, and Continuous Improvement.


  • Analyzes and interprets SPC data to understand process input and output variation as it relates to process capability. Responsible for initiating action when processes are out of control or out of spec.
  • Conducts studies using statistical and analytical tools, such as DOEs and Gauge R&Rs, to ensure measurement accuracy, and process & machine capability.
  • Devises sampling procedures to confirm Critical To Function (CTF) requirements are documented, specifications are met and process control is sustained.
  • Leads site Continuous Improvement Team
  • Manages Global Change Control Team to ensure any process, machine or material changes are properly documented, verified and validated throughout the conversion process
  • Responsible for ensuring the 19 key elements are consistently met and are capable of being sustained
  • Uses problem solving tools such as fish bone diagrams, 5-Why analysis, etc… to ensure true root cause is identified and corrected.
  • Responsible for managing site qualifications and specified projects, communicating results throughout the organization
  • Establishes and maintains good relationships with customers by visiting customer plants for qualification of new materials, quality concerns, and periodic meetings.
  • Initiates corrective actions per company requirements and works with operations teams to validate effective measures are implemented to prevent future reoccurrence of similar issues
  • Develops work instructions for relevant job tasks associated with products, processes, and testing requirements.
  • Compiles and writes training material and conducts training sessions on quality control activities.
  • Responsible for reporting food safety issues to personnel with authority to initiate action.


  • Associates or Bachelors degree in related field.
  • Minimum 1-3 years experience working in a manufacturing environment
  • Strong written, verbal, and interpersonal skills
  • Understanding of basic manufacturing principles; i.e. GMP, Lean, 5S, 6-Sigma etc…
  • Strong understanding of basic SPC analysis (ppk / cpk, std deviation, UCL / LCL, etc)
  • Capable of interpreting SPC charts (i.e histograms, pareto charts, X-MR, X-Bar/R charts, etc…)
  • Multi-task and handle multiple problems without routine management supervision
  • Ability to lead cross functional teams in root cause investigations and Continuous Improvement activities
  • Willing to travel when given short notice should there be any customer quality problems 


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

 While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to stand; walk; and stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to fifteen pounds, occasionally lift and/or move up to fifty pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.

PositionQuality Assurance Engineer
Job Category Engineering
Industry TypePlastic Manufacturing
Location of JobWestland, MI
Last Date to Apply15 December 2016
Desired Candidate's Profile

Plastipak Packaging is an industry leader in the design and manufacturing of plastic rigid containers of the highest quality. Plastipak supports manufacturing operations throughout the United States, South America and Europe.

A Business Based on Ethical Standards

Plastipak operates by meeting expectations for ethical conduct as well as financial goals — all without compromising its integrity. Indeed, we have built a global business culture based on honor, openness and inclusion.As Plastipak expanded to include locations on three continents, respect for human dignity has remained fundamental to how the company conducts its business. We actively participate in the communities in which Plastipak associates work and live.With suppliers and customers in agreement, Plastipak works to meet high conservation standards while enhancing the health and safety of its employees and communities.Plastipak has aligned both its business and sustainability practices to create a culture of inclusion for associates throughout the company's international operations.

Supportive Environment

The Workplace
Plastipak's most important resource is our associates.
Plastipak operates with an appreciation for individual contributions and innovation. Plastipak associates contribute to:

  • Maintaining high performance in order to achieve outstanding customer service
  • Designing innovative products positioning Plastipak as a global leader in packaging
  • Improving communities where Plastipak has a presence

Plastipak does the following for associates:

  • Pays fair wages based on industry standards
  • Offers benefits such as health insurance, life insurance and paid vacations
  • Provides a safe work environment
  • Relates fairly and honestly with associates
  • Complies with the minimum age laws in all countries where it conducts business
  • Complies with all laws supporting workplace diversity

Open Communication

Mutually respectful and trusting relationships require open communication. Each associate must feel free to communicate opinions, share ideas and resolve problems in an environment that encourages and promotes opportunities for success and professional growth.Plastipak actively promotes open and honest communication as demonstrated by the company's “Open Line Communication System.” This system allows an associate to ask a question or voice a concern confidentially via the Corporate Talent Management Department.

Our Global Initiatives Thrive on Effective Management

As global producers of plastic containers, we have a responsibility from design to disposal to meet sustainability demands. Our sustainability initiatives are guided by a Bottle to Bottle approach to recycling.Plastipak holds itself accountable to stakeholders to run operations in an environmentally friendly manner for current and future generations. We have made that goal an inseparable part of our business plan.

Protecting the Environment

The impact of climate change and the threat to the environment from pollutants are too big to ignore, and Plastipak is doing everything possible to protect the future of the planet.The company is committed to social responsibility for environmental guardianship and its leadership in sustainability. Plastipak is meeting the goals set by the company's formal conservation plan.

Under this plan Plastipak has initiated a program to reduce compressed air leakage throughout all of our U.S. operations, achieve greater fuel economy, reduce volatile emissions and expand lightweighting programs to reduce the amount of plastic in each container. Plastipak engineers its source materials, technologies, transportation, distribution and recycling scenarios to fit customer sustainability requirements as well. 

Sustainability Means Engagement

Engagement is important to Plastipak. By engaging the hearts and minds of associates, Plastipak creates unique and sustainable packaging solutions for its customers. Consumers and corporations alike must be engaged in order to sustain the planet's resources.Such unified engagement has powerful, long-reaching effects. Participation in conservation initiatives has a positive impact on the economic, human and natural environments. 

A Modern Recycling Facility

Clean Tech's recycling processes focus on the effective management of the life cycle of plastic containers. Clean Tech’s highly qualified engineers design unique technologies to maximize plastic’s beneficial features throughout a product's life cycle and its subsequent lives as recycled material.

Clean Tech engineers follow company directives to reduce material use and weight, where feasible, which in turn yields lower energy and transportation costs. High material production standards are always met to ensure that recycled materials can stand up to quality package demands for maintaining product freshness.

Making Good Use of Recycled Materials

Plastipak uses the inherent resilience of plastics as a key resource for developing sensible, environmentally-friendly packaging lines.Plastics are flexible, durable and endlessly recyclable, permitting limitless use and reuse. The recyclable nature of plastics opens the way for Plastipak to construct its manufacturing to help reclaim bottles rather than only creating new plastics.Clean Tech provides the critical component of this system with its capability of recycling HDPE and PET bottles to produce highly useful post consumer materials.

We Reuse Our Own Recycled Materials
Plastipak's commitment to using renewable and recyclable materials along with reduced content is at the heart of its sustainability initiative. The company manufactures an array of containers for both food and non-food products using recycled plastic produced by Clean Tech. For instance, Clean Tech recycled material replaces at least 10% of the plastic content for a line of beverage bottles.

ExperienceMinimum 1-3 years experience working in a manufacturing environment
QualificationAssociates or Bachelors degree in related field.
Contact Details
Contact NameHR
Contact Emailerecruiting[at]plastipak.com
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